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Derek Fribbs recorded a pair of 70s to pace CU's team effort Monday.
Buff Golfers Stand Fourth In Own Simpson Invite
Release: September 24, 2012
By: David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information
 

ERIE, Colo. - The University of Colorado men's golf team rebounded with a solid second round performance in the afternoon after a rather pedestrian opening round effort here Monday as the Buffaloes find themselves tied for fourth place in their own 3rd Annual Mark Simpson-CU Invitational.

The Buffaloes opened with a 2-over 290 team score in the morning, certainly not terrible but it did have them down the line in a tie for seventh, 10 back of the lead.  CU came out and posted an 8-under 280 score the second time around, the fourth-lowest afternoon score in jumping into fourth place, yet still nine out of the top spot.

Colorado's new Pac-12 Conference colleague and rival, Oregon State, shot the day's low round (an 11-under 277 for the second 18), and combined with a solid morning showing, lead the 14-team field with a 15-under par 561 score.  That's good for a one-shot lead over first round leader UMKC (Missouri-Kansas City), which put rounds of 280 and 282 into the books for a 562 total.  Colorado State, winner of the inaugural event in 2010, is in third at 568, with defending champion CU and Kansas tied for fourth at 570.

"We got off to a horrible start the first six-to-eight holes, but after that point, the guys really did a nice job," CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  "We didn't play that well at all, but we're still in the hunt, and that's usually the sign of a good team.  I was really impressed with the guys' competitiveness and composure all day.  They kept to the game plan and put up two scores that were respectable, especially for the second round.  That has put us in a position where if we shoot a really good round tomorrow, anything can happen."

CU's five designated scorers were 7-over par through the first six holes and rebounded to play the rest of the day at 9-under, with four players under par for their afternoon rounds.

Senior Derek Fribbs is pacing that quintet, as he recorded a pair of 2-under 70s on the 7,771-yard, par-72 Colorado National Golf Club course.  He had a team-best 10 birdies on the day with 26 pars (tied for second-most) and is tied for ninth individually, five strokes back of the lead.

"Derek just played solid," Edwards said.  "He's very close to becoming an elite level player and he played very consistent.  He, of course, wanted to play and score better, which as a coach you like to see.  He is expecting to come out and play his best tomorrow."

Sophomore David Oraee is tied for 15th (73-68-141), as he had seven birdies and 26 pars Monday; senior Beau Schoolcraft is tied for 29th (72-73-145), recording an eagle, two birdies and a team-best 28 pars against two bogeys and two doubles.

Senior Jason Burstyn, a two-time medalist in as many tournaments this fall, and freshman Philip Juel-Berg each posted 75-71-146 scorecards, the 2-over efforts having the pair tied for 37th.  Burstyn was steady as usual, with five birdies and 26 pars against seven bogeys on the day; thus far he has just a single double bogey in 126 holes this season.  His opening 75 ended a string of five straight rounds under par, which tied a team record first set by two others.

Juel-Berg had six birdies, 24 pars and just four bogeys, but did score two doubles after entering the meet with just one score higher than bogey in 90 holes of play.

Four Buffs are playing as individuals, with the newest Buffalo, junior Johnny Hayes, tied for second in the standings after a 71-67-138 effort.  He had two eagles (one in each round), six birdies and 24 pars with just four bogey in his first action as a Buff after transferring to the school last year from Towson (Md.) State, where he played a year-and-a-half before he moved back closer to his home in Maine.

"He's the guy who really did a great job and caught everyone's attention," Edwards said of Hayes.  "He hadn't played the course that much and wasn't as familiar with it as the rest of our team or even players on other area teams and came out and really showed us something."          

Redshirt freshman Drew Trujillo is tied for 24th (71-72-143), scoring the second-most birdies by a Buff (nine); Edwards was pleased with his performance as, "He had not been playing all that well and came out Monday and really got things going."  

Another redshirt frosh, Tyler Engel, really had his struggles in the morning, scoring just 11 pars with five bogeys, a double and a quad for an 11-over 83.  What did he accomplish in the afternoon?  He tied for the seventh-best stroke improvement from one round to the next in school history, shaking 14 strokes off his score for a 69 as he bounced back with four birdies, 13 pars and a single bogey.  His 152 total is tied for 69th.

"Tyler did a nice job, did not let one bad round discourage him and become two; he came back and played a lot better and shot what he's capable of," Edwards said. 

Freshman Ross Thornton opened with a 74 (three birdies, three bogeys and a double) but was disqualified in the second round for signing for an incorrect scorecard.

UMKC's Nathan Hughes is the individual leader through two rounds, as he fashioned a 67-68-135 scorecard, good for a one shot lead over five players, including CU's Hayes and the only other player in the field to shoot in the 60s for both Monday rounds, Gonzaga's Sean Walsh (69-69).  Just seven shots separate the top 23 players in the field.

The final round is set for Tuesday morning; the top four teams (Oregon State, UMKC, CSU and CU, which won the fourth spot in a tiebreaker over Kansas) will tee off No. 1 beginning at 7:55 a.m. in 10-minute increments; the remainder of the field will all start in shotgun fashion at 8:15.

 

 BUFFALO INDIVIDUALS

  T2.  *Johnny Hayes........................... 71-67-138

  T9.  Derek Fribbs............................... 70-70-140

T15.  David Oraee............................... 73-68-141

T24.  *Drew Trujillo............................. 71-72-143

T29.  Beau Schoolcraft........................ 72-73-145

T37.  Jason Burstyn............................ 75-71-146

T37.  Philip Juel-Berg........................... 75-71-146

T69.  *Tyler Engel............................... 83-69-152

  80.  *Ross Thornton..........................       74-DQ

 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

   1. Nathan Hughes, UMKC................. 67-68-135

T2.  Johnny Hayes, Colorado............ 71-67-138

T2.  Brian Jung, Oregon State.............. 67-71-138

T2. Korbin Kuehn, UMKC...................... 68-70-138

T2. Kirby Pettitt, Colorado State..........  71-67-138

T2.  Sean Walsh, Gonzaga................... 69-69-138

T7.  Oskar Arvidsson, Denver.............. 70-69-139

T7.  Riley Fleming, UT-Arlington........... 67-72-139

T9.  Derek Fribbs, Colorado.............. 70-70-140

T9.  Nick Chianello, Oregon State......... 69-71-140

T9.  Victor Doka, Denver...................... 70-70-140

T9.  Hunter Brown, UT-Arlington.......... 72-68-140

T9.  Chris Gilbert, Kansas.................... 69-71-140

T9.  Alex Gutesha, Kansas................... 70-70-140

 TEAM SCORES

   1. Oregon State.......................... 284-277-561

   2. Missouri-Kansas City.............. 280-282-562

   3.  Colorado State........................ 289-279-568

   4. Colorado................................ 290-280-570

   4. Kansas................................... 287-283-570

   6. Texas-Arlington....................... 287-285-572

   7. Denver.................................... 295-278-573

   8. Northern Colorado................... 292-283-575

   9. Gonzaga.................................. 296-283-579

10. Air Force................................. 295-284-579

10. Texas State............................ 295-288-583

12. Houston Baptist...................... 290-294-584

13. Utah....................................... 287-299-586

14. Wyoming................................ 308-282-590

 

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